Orijen Pet Food

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Orijen is produced by Champion Petfoods, a company founded in 1985 in Canada. The products, including dog and cat food and treats, are designed to be biologically appropriate for pets. The company produces 8 varieties of pet food under the name Orijen and also offers freeze-dried dog food.

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Orijen is widely considered an excellent pet food, despite its heftier price. It won a number of awards including Pet Food of the Decade by consumer review site Rate It All, and Pet Food of the Year several years in a row by the Glycemic Research Institute. See also: Acana.

Orijen Quick Facts

Brand line includes: Orijen Puppy, Orijen Puppy Large, Orijen Adult Dog, Orijen 6 Fish Dog, Orijen Regional Red Dog, Orijen Senior Dog, Orijen Cat & Kitten, Orijen 6 Fish Cat, Orijen Regional Red Cat
Cost: $$$$
Where to buy: Latest deals on Orijen dog or cat food — Amazon.com (affiliate link)
Company: Champion Petfoods LP
Headquarters: 11403 186th Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5S 2W6 (Canada)
Contact info: 780-784-0300, email

Has Orijen Ever Been Recalled?

Yes. There was a recall of Orijen cat food in 2008 that was limited to Australia. The problems had to do with irradiation treatment, required under Australian law. The company says the irradiation was never done outside of Australia. This brand has never been recalled in the United States or Canada, according to our research.

We do want to alert our readers to the fact that, in late June 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified Orijen as one of 16 pet food brands that may be linked to heart disease in dogs and cats. None of those 16 brands have been recalled as part of the agency’s ongoing investigation, though. Most, but not all, of the pet foods are “grain-free” and/or dry (kibble) dog food formulations. The FDA says this is a “complex scientific issue that may involve multiple factors,” and that it cannot even be certain that diet is a cause of the heart problems. For full details, see our article on the subject.

We’ll also mention that, in March 2018, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Champion Petfoods, accusing the company of “negligent, reckless” practices, false advertising, and “failing to disclose the presence of heavy metals and toxins” in its Orijen and Acana dog foods. In response, the company called the allegations “meritless and based on misinterpretation of the data.” More about the Orijen/Acana lawsuit here.

List of Orijen Recalls

November 2008

Cause: Problems with mandatory gamma irradiation, limited to Australia. Several cats fell seriously ill. Announcement: Company alert from Nov. 22, 2008. What was recalled: All Orijen cat food — only in Australia.

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